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Front Pagearrow Don't harass honest businessmen
Top business leaders yesterday lauded the ongoing crackdown on corruption and urged the government to continue it to bring the corrupt to book but not to harass genuine and honest businessmen.
 arrow Meteoric rise of Orion on Hawa clout
The Orion group that had been failing to pay dividends to its shareholders for many years amassed an incredible amount of wealth by bagging various deals in the last five years using undue influence of
 arrow Vast swath of Savar farmland washed with toxic waste
Abdul Mazid Mia, a farmer in Savar, fears this year he will not be able to harvest even one kilogram of rice as most of the paddy seedlings he transplanted have died due to toxic waste from a nearby dyeing
 arrow Political parties to submit income-expenditure reports to EC soon
Parliamentary political parties will soon have to start disclosing the sources of their annual incomes and submit expenditure reports to the Election Commission (EC).
 arrow Rab catches 'corrupt' tax man red-handed
Intelligence officials of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday picked up a joint commissioner of taxation and three others from the tax official's Bijoynagar office in the capital on charges of bribery.
 arrow Samuels lifts Windies
Pakistan were set 242 to win by West Indies in the opening match of the 2007 World Cup at Sabina Park here on Tuesday.
 arrow Tarique's humble days begin in jail
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, who is used to a posh lifestyle, passed his first day in jail hospital very ordinarily.
 arrow Govt to go tough on polluters
The caretaker government will soon take stern action against industries releasing pollutants into rivers since the water quality of rivers surrounding the capital deteriorated considerably during thelast
 arrow CG okays policy guidelines for captive power purchase
The caretaker government yesterday approved in principle a policy guideline for purchasing captive power as an urgent measure to meet the growing demand for electricity in the country.
 arrow All passengers brought home
All the 218 passengers, stranded at Dubai International Airport due to wheel failure of a Bangladesh Biman airliner on Monday, were brought back home yesterday.
 arrow Container handling still goes at slow pace
Container handling at Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT) is still far below the expected pace as export containers arrive at the port jetty very slowly and in an unplanned way.
 arrow Govt now to crack down on corrupt officials
The government is set to crack down on corrupt government officials the way it has been acting against politicians and businessmen suspected of corruption, according to sources.
 arrow Taskforces assisting ACC
Communications Adviser Major General (retired) MA Matin yesterday said there would be no conflict between the work of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the National Coordination Committee that he heads.
 arrow Govt to set up power plants in remote areas
The council of advisers yesterday approved guidelines for installing power plants in remote areas and for buying electricity from captive plants to mitigate the growing power crisis.
 arrow Saarc Car Rally begins tomorrow
The Saarc Car Rally 2007, which will touch all the member nations of the regional body, begins tomorrow with a view to demonstrate the commonalities in South Asia.
 arrow 55 more deer seized
A total of 55 deer were seized in the last 48 hours from different parts of Khulna by the joint forces as part of the ongoing drive against rearing wild animals without permission.
 arrow BDR to set up 25 'free markets in Dhaka
BDR Director General Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed yesterday said BDR will set up "free markets" at 25 places in the capital from March 23 as part of the government's efforts to stabilise the soaring prices of
 arrow Detention of 6 BNP, AL leaders declared illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the detention of six BNP and Awami League (AL) leaders under the Special Powers Act.
 arrow Luxurious SUV...


 arrow SCC chief engineer held for 'graft'
The joint forces picked up Chief Engineer of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) Saiful Islam from his office yesterday afternoon on corruption charges.
 arrow Kader Siddiqui's retreat on 'grabbed' land demolished
The army-led joint forces yesterday demolished a weekend retreat of Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) President Abdul Kader Siddiqui built on 21 acres of vested property at Silimpur village in Sakhipur
 arrow Hasina flies to US tomorrow
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina flies for the US tomorrow morning on a personal visit.
 arrow Be stringent in lending to large firms
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked commercial banks to be cautious in providing loans to large institutions and groups of companies as a recent investigation by the central bank identified someof
 arrow A big coral fish...


 arrow Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
A top cadre of the outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his cohorts at Barbaria under Mirpur upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow South Asian rivals restart peace talks
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said the peace process with India could "change the destiny of South Asia" as the nuclear-armed rivals launched a new round of talks here on Tuesday.
 arrow 50 killed as snow blankets Kashmir
At least 50 people were killed as snow engulfed Kashmir and torrential rains pounded the rest of northern India, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Nepali King must go, says Koirala
Nepal has moved a step closer to ditching its monarchy with the Himalayan nation's premier turning on embattled King Gyanendra and calling for him to quit, analysts and officials said yesterday.
Businessarrow Privatise facilities of all services at Ctg port
The Metropolitan chamber yesterday urged the government to privatise the facilities of all services at Chittagong Port through a transparent and open bidding process.
 arrow Keya Detergent, Keya Cosmetics get SEC nod
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday approved Keya Detergent and Keya Cosmetics plans for rights issues that will together raise around Tk 6.4 crore.
 arrow Exploitation of other sources needed
Bangladesh cannot rely on natural gas for its future energy supply and must exploit other sources, especially coal, Energy Adviser Tapan Chowdhury said yesterday.
 arrow Dragonair may introduce daily Dhaka-HK flights
Dragonair is considering the introduction of daily flights between Dhaka and Hong Kong (HK) in order to serve the increasing business ties between China and Bangladesh.
 arrow Beximco Pharma launches export to Botswana
Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd (BPL), a leading medicine manufacturer of Bangladesh, has launched drug export to sub-Saharan African country Botswana, says a press release.
 arrow India to become power surplus nation in 4-5yrs
India, which currently faces huge power deficit, will become a "power surplus country" in the next four or five years, the Union power minister, Mr Sushilkumar Shinde, told the Rajya Sabha Monday.
 arrow Philippines seen as most corrupt Asian economy
The Philippines is perceived by foreign businessmen as Asia's most corrupt economy, according to a survey Tuesday that also found countries were failing properly to tackle corruption.
 arrow Citigroup raises Nikko offer by 26pc
Citigroup Inc., the largest bank in the United States, said Tuesday it raised its takeover offer for scandal-tainted Nikko Cordial Corp. by 26 percent in a deal worth up to $13.
 arrow OECD sees weak US growth, but no recession
The OECD said on Tuesday that it expects growth in the United States to be subdued this year, but a recession in the world's biggest economy was unlikely despite concerns about the housing market.
 arrow Tata Tea aims for top position
Tata Tea said it is gunning for the top slot currently occupied by Hindustan Unilever Ltd in the Rs 6,000 crore organised tea market in India.
 arrow US coffee chain Starbucks aims for 40,000 new stores
US coffee shop giant Starbucks plans to open at least 40,000 more stores over the medium term, half of them outside the United States, according to Tuesday's Expansion newspaper.
 arrow Euro rises against dollar on doubts over US economy
The euro rose against the dollar on Monday as confidence in the US economy remained shaky, dealers said, while the yen strengthened and the pound was sold off as investors unwound their "carry trades.
 arrow Singapore's PSA to build Panama port
PSA International, which runs the world's busiest container port in Singapore, announced Monday it would build a 100-million-dollar container terminal at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal.
 arrow Currency


Sportsarrow Cricket: Aussies begin title defence
Australia intend to send a powerful message to their rivals when they open their World Cup defence against minnows Scotland here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Spin may turn World Cup
Just about the one thing captains at the World Cup seem to be agreed on is that pitches will generally be slow and assist spin bowlers.
 arrow Cricket: GP gets closer to cricket's heart
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday signed a benchmark deal with Grameenphone who will be the title sponsor of the board's National Cricket Academy.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya eye early win
Canada and Kenya may be the two minnows in a Group C fea-turing Eng-land and New Zealand, but they will both fancy their chances of beating the other in St Lucia's first match of the World Cup properat
 arrow Cricket: NZ win boosts Bangladesh's confidence
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar says an upset victory over New Zealand in a recent warm-up match has boosted his team's confidence ahead of the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Bookies against Australia and England!
One of Britain's leading bookmakers is hoping anyone other than England or Australia wins the Cricket World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: A blow for Dhaka
Dramatic batting collapses saw eighteen wickets tumble on the second day of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League match between Dhaka and Khulna at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Local Snippets
European Standard School (ESS) earned a massive 151-run victory over Kamarpara High School in the Standard Chartered Schools Cricket competition at the Uttara Friends Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: D-day for St Kitts
St Kitts and Nevis are basking in the glory of hosting the World Cup even if it means finding themselves at the centre of a high-stakes, geo-political game.
 arrow Cricket: 'Tigers loss helped us'
Stephen Fleming said New Zealand's task of remaining in form for six weeks would be a challenge but the length of the World Cup meant no side would go through undefeated.
 arrow Cricket: India return 'home'
India return to their happy hunting ground hoping to solve their problems when they open their World Cup campaign against Bangladesh at the Queen's Park Oval here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Tale of a cricket tragic
Growing up in Australia, Paul Hoffmann could only dream of playing in the World Cup. On Wednesday, that dream will come true but not in the way he imagined.
 arrow Cricket: India not crazy yet
If it's the cricket World Cup, India must be going crazy.
 arrow Football: Touati rescues Russel
Mohammedan Sporting Club and Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra had the top sport for grab but remained just behind leaders Brothers Union after two rounds when they shared a 1-1 draw in yesterday's B. League.
 arrow Football: Sevilla face Shakhtar test
UEFA Cup Holders Sevilla will be without injured defender David Castedo and midfielders Jesus Navas and Renato when they attempt to survive a tough challenge from Shakhtar Donetsk in the second leg of
 arrow Football: Wenger blames France for Henry misery
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has blamed Thierry Henry's below-par season on what he believes has been poor management by the French national team.
 arrow Football: Totti ends int'l wilderness
AS Roma captain Francesco Totti has said he will be once again available for international selection starting from September, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Born again Cummins
Paceman Anderson Cummins will become only the second man to play for two teams in the World Cup if he turns out for Canada against Kenya on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Jayawardene praises coach
Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene has paid tribute to coach Tom Moody ahead of his side's opening World Cup match against Bermuda on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Smith scoffs at chokers tag
South Africa's tag as World Cup "chokers" continues to follow the team but Graeme Smith said they had moved on from past disappointments.
 arrow Cricket: Cricketer's brother missing
Hafizul Haq, who came to Dhaka for treatment on his mental illness, has been missing since March 5.
 arrow Cricket: India, Lanka up against history
Rahul Dravid and Mahela Jayawardene hope to step out of history's shadow at the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Too tight for comfort
Secrecy and tight security cloaked the arrival of four World Cup Group A squads in St Kitts on Monday.
 arrow Football: 'Gypsy' slur aggrieve Romanians
The Romanian Football Federation (FRF) on Tuesday announced they will lodge a complaint to their Italian counterparts after Palermo club president Maurizio Zamparini called Fiorentina's Romanian striker
 arrow Football: Zizou rejects Matrix link-up
A star-studded European XI including Ronaldo, Marco Materazzi and Steven Gerrard will join forces to face Manchester United on Tuesday to celebrate 50 years since the EU's founding Treaty of Rome.
 arrow Football: Kahn urged to keep on playing
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Tuesday urged captain and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn to cancel plans to retire after Euro 2008.
 arrow Football: Juninho hints at Lyon exit
Lyon's Brazilian playmaker Juninho has hinted he could leave the French champions if his contract is not extended for a further two years.
 arrow Tennis: Federer fizzles in California sun
Roger Federer's consecutive match win streak was halted in shocking fashion here Sunday as he failed to muster a challenge against the hard-charging Argentine dynamo Guillermo Canas.
 arrow Football: Philosophical Henry
Arsenal captain Thierry Henry, out for the season, said his injuries were an inevitable result of last season's punishing schedule.
 arrow Football: Barton in the dock again
Manchester City footballer Joey Barton has been arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage.
 arrow Football: Raul confident of Spain call-up
Real Madrid captain Raul is aiming to fight his way back into the Spain squad for their next Euro 2008 qualifier against Denmark on March 24.
 arrow Football: Van Bommel out of Milan clash
Bayern Munich's hardman Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel was handed a two-match ban on Tuesday by UEFA which will keep him out of both of his club's Champions League quarter-final games against AC Milan.
 arrow Football: Leipzig stadium vandalised
Hooligans have spray-painted a swastika and right-wing slogans at the stadium of lower division Lokomotive Leipzig, calling the club president a "traitor pig" and demanding his resignation.
 arrow Football: Chelsea-Spurs fans clash
British police arrested 34 people when rival football gangs clashed in one of the most affluent parts of London after Chelsea's FA Cup clash with Tottenham, officers said Monday.
 arrow Football: Essien extends Chelsea contract
Chelsea's Ghana international midfielder Michael Essien didn't suffer for scoring an own goal in the epic 3-3 FA Cup quarterfinal draw with Spurs as on Monday he was rewarded with a new five-year contract
 arrow Football: Oliveira's sister released
The sister of AC Milan striker Ricardo Oliveira has been released by her kidnappers in Brazil, the Italian Serie A club said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Messina 'keeper tests positive
Serie A side Messina's goalkeeper Nicholas Caglioni became the second player to test positive for cocaine, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Ayurvedic medicine co sealed off, cosmetic factory, 3 hotels fined
Two mobile courts yesterday sealed off an Ayurvedic medicine factory for producing low quality medicines, unearthed a fake cosmetics factory and fined three hotels in the city.
 arrow Sayedabad plant unable to treat Shitalakhya water
LGRD Adviser Anwarul Iqbal yesterday said the Sayedabad Water Treatment Plant is unable to treat water from the Shitalakhya River due to heavy pollution from its surrounding industries.
 arrow 7-point recommendation for free, fair election
A delegation of Bangladesh Manabadhikar Commission (BMC) yesterday called on Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dr ATM Shamsul Huda at his office and placed a seven-point recommendation for holding the
 arrow Joint forces realise over Tk 469 cr
Joint forces in their drives in nine districts under the jurisdiction of 9 Infantry Division of Bangladesh Army, realised over Tk 469.
 arrow Enact right to info law to ensure accountability
Speakers at a book launching ceremony yesterday called on the government to push through the right to information act in order to ensure accountability and transparency in the administration.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 1cr looted in N'ganj
Robbers looted valuables worth Tk one crore from a textile mill and injured seven of its workers in Provakardi area at Araihazar in Narayanganj yesterday early hours.
 arrow 'Reduce maternal mortality rate to achieve MDG'
Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) is still high in the country and this will have to be reduced to achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDG), said Health and Family Welfare Adviser Major General (Retd) Dr
 arrow Make sure that no one can create panic
Army Chief Lt General Moeen U Ahmed has urged the administrative officials to make sure that no one can create panic by cashing in on prices of essentials.
 arrow Dhanmondi OC submits petition to show Adity arrested
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Dhamondi Police Station yesterday submitted a petition to a Dhaka court for showing a detained employee of private television channel 1 Adity Sengupta arrested under Section16(2)
 arrow Road crashes kill two
At least two people were killed in separate road accidents in Khulna and Brahmanbaria yesterday and on Monday.
 arrow Bail petition of Chowdhury Alam rejected
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Ward Commissioner Chowdhury Alam in a criminal case filed in December last year.
 arrow Farmers block highway in Mymensingh for fertiliser
Hundreds of farmers yesterday blocked the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Churkhai Bazar in Sadar upazila demanding supply of fertiliser.
 arrow Two drown in boat capsize in Padma
A woman and her minor son drowned as a boat capsized in the River Padma near Kathalibari Char in Shibchar upazila on Monday evening.
 arrow 2 drown, one commits suicide in Ctg
A girl and her brother drowned in a pond and a farmer committed suicide at Sitakunda in Chittagong on Monday.
 arrow 'Rokeya Chair' introduced at DU
The University Grants Commission (UGC) yesterday decided to introduce a "Rokeya Chair" to commemorate the contributions of Begum Rokeya to emancipation and development of women in the country.
 arrow Expat donates medical equipment for cancer hospital
Badrul Amin, an expatriate Bangladeshi living in London, donated medical equipment to Ahsania Mission Cancer Detection Centre and Hospital at Mirpur in the city, says a press release.
 arrow Former MP Sirajul Islam passes away
Principal Sirajul Islam, former lawmaker of Netrakona-5 constituency and principal of Purbadhala College in Netrokona, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at his residence at Purbadhala on Monday night
 arrow Bangladeshi student nominated for Global Young Leaders Confce
The Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC), a Washington-based organisation of global scholars, invited meritorious Bangladeshi student Shafayet Khan to attend its 2007 conference to be held in Washington
 arrow '50 killed by law enforcers during emergency'
A total of 50 people were killed during operation by law enforcement agencies while 95,825 were arrested during the first 60 days of the state of emergency from January 12 to March 12, 2007, says a press
 arrow Scout Camp opens
The 4th National Srijani Scout Camp was inaugurated at National Scout Training Centre at Mouchak in Gazipur yesterday.
 arrow Poet Jasimuddin's death anniversary today
Today is the 31st death anniversary of poet Jasimuddin, popularly known as Palli Kabi, says a press release.
 arrow Writing workshop at Brac Centre today
A daylong workshop titled 'Integrating academic writing and critical thinking in a learner centre environment' will be held at Brac Centre in the city today against the backdrop of increasing needs of
Nationalarrow Party in power made once VDP man a millionaire
The party in power came as a magic lamp for once VDP (Village Defense Party) member and Jubo Dal leader Mohammad Abdus Salam.
 arrow Bhasani university VC resigns
Vice-chancellor of Maolana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) at Santosh Dr Mohammad Khalilur Rahman has resigned from his post.
 arrow 10 kg urea for each farmer as hundreds queue
A sack of 50 kg Urea is being distributed among five farmers at Binnati Bazar of Kishoreganj Sadar. This correspondent saw this at the market at noon yesterday.
 arrow 5 JCD, BNP leaders arrested in Sylhet
Rab men arrested seven persons including Sylhet city JCD chief Ziaul Gani Arefin Zillur and general secretary of Roads & Highways Contractors Association and BNP leader Milad Ahmed.
 arrow Baha festival of Santals begin
A three-day Baha (flower) festival of indigenous Santal community people began at Sundorpur in Godagari upazila in Rahshahi yesterday amid great enthusiasm.
 arrow Month long trade fair begins at B'Baria
A Month long trade fair jointly organised by 'Brahmanbaria Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) and 'Development Patronising Society', a local body to promote trade and business, began at AnnadaHigh
Point-Counterpointarrow Market jitters
I love what's going on -- every bit of it. Bangladesh is certainly the most exciting place in the world right now.
 arrow Democracy within the political parties
Political parties, publicly ever-vocal about democracy and democratic rights, may be questioned about the practice of democracy within their own parties.
 arrow Light more light
I was out on the city roads in the evening. The traffic was heavy and clogged. Methinks everybody was rushing home. The streetlights were blinking. All the glitzy shops had closed down.
Culturearrow Zinat Sattar's works rooted in nature
Nature in all its infinite glory is a perennial source of inspiration to artist Zinat Sattar.
 arrow National Theatre Festival '07
The Bengalis' struggle for the right of language and freedom against the ruling Pakistanis is widely known.
 arrow Celebrating indigenous culture
Rangamati Hill District Council (RHDC) on Sunday last, organised a cultural function at the Tribal Culture Institute (TCI) auditorium.
 arrow 'Shiddhidata' staged
Loko Nattyadal staged Shiddhidata at the Experimental Theatre Stage on the same evening.
 arrow Chhayanat celebrates birth anniversary of Wahidul Haq
Chhayanat will hold daylong special programmes on March 16 and 17 to mark the 74th birth anniversary of late Wahidul Haq.
 arrow Adoor to churn out two films from Thakazhi's stories
Noted Malayalam film director Adoor Gopalakrishnan has decided to make two feature films based on short stories written by Jnanpith award-winning writer Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai.
Generalarrow ROK to invest in bigger way in Bangladesh
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday hoped that South Korea would come in a bigger way to invest in Bangladesh, availing the attractive incentives offered by the government for foreign investors.
 arrow 3 get life in Barisal for murder
The Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT) yesterday sentenced three persons, including a woman, to life imprisonment for murdering a man in Babuganj upazila in 2004.
 arrow Bolster ties thru' increased trade
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday stressed the need for bolstering bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Ethiopia through increased activities in the fields of trade and commerce.
Internationalarrow 'Iran ready to offer nuke guarantee'
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki yesterday said Iran was prepared to offer "necessary" guarantees on its nuclear programme if the issue is withdrawn from the UN Security Council.
 arrow IAEA chief in N Korea as nuclear diplomacy heats up
The head of the UN nuclear watchdog arrived in North Korea yesterday on a landmark visit, hopeful of making progress on closing its atomic facilities, but US officials sounded a more cautious note.
 arrow Japan, Australia sign defence pact
Japan and Australia signed a groundbreaking defence pact on Tuesday that the leaders of both countries stressed was not aimed at reining in China, but the road ahead for a two-way trade deal looked rougher.
 arrow 700 more US troops arrive in Diyala
More than 700 additional US troops arrived in Iraq's increasingly volatile Diyala province yesterday to try to quell burgeoning violence northeast of Baghdad during a security crackdown in the capital.
 arrow Top Pak judge hits back at Musharraf
Pakistan's top judge launched a blistering attack on the government of President Pervez Musharraf yesterday for trying to sack him and for allegedly detaining him and his family.
 arrow Uttarakhand bus crash kills 19 of a wedding party
Nineteen members of a wedding party were killed when the bus in which they were travelling plunged down a gorge and into a river in Uttarakhand, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Bush tries to reassure Mexico's Calderon on immigration
President Bush meets Mexico's President Felipe Calderon yesterday looking for a fresh start in relations as he reassures Mexicans he has not given up on overhauling US immigration policy they deeply resent.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Tackle price issue comprehensively
The caretaker government's move to go soft on hoarders of food items reveals two things: one, that they took a wrong decision, and, second, that they had the courage and wisdom to retract from it.
 arrow Editorial: Biman's nose-dive
On Monday, a Dhaka-bound Bangladesh Biman flight had to abort take off due to wheel failure at Dubai airport. It rendered the international airport shut for eight hours.
 arrow Politicians and the art of writing
The good news is that Sheikh Hasina plans to spend time writing, now that politics has moved into a state of animated suspension.
 arrow And then there were three
The French presidential election will be held on April 22nd this year.
 arrow Sacking of the chief judge
The country's president called the country's chief justice to his palace for an explanation, and the latter returned under escort and was confined to his residence, incommunicado.
Letters to Editorarrow Empowering the poor
Full marks to the caretaker government of Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed. Never before, except probably during the days of our fight for freedom in 1971, we the poor felt so empowered.
 arrow Conserving electricity
With the summer round the corner, and putting more power plants on line years hence, our quality of life is bound to deteriorate.
 arrow CNG stations
Thank you for your special report on the subject in your daily on 10 March 2007. I hope the authorities will initiate appropriate action in the greater interest of the state.
 arrow TV channels
TV channels have a negative influence on our society as a whole, especially Indian TV channels like Star Plus, Sony, Zee TV, MTV, V-TV etc. They provide crude and meaningless entertainment.
 arrow Price hike of essential commodities
I believe that the reason behind the current "price hike" of essential commodities should be understood first, and only then the government should take the necessary measures to bring down theprices
 arrow Ensure supply of unadulterated foods
The cleansing drive by the present caretaker government has revealed the dreadful fact that we as a nation have been plagued by a sea of corruption committed by almost all the responsible people in society.
 arrow Those luxury vehicles
So, we have a problem on hand. What to do with those confiscated gas guzzling luxury vehicles? Nobody will or should buy them. They are too expensive to operate and as a nation we can not afford them.
 arrow To the chief adviser..
You are really worthy of appreciation for having taken drastic steps against corruption. Your government has already asked for a wealth statement from the political top brass which should also be appreciated.
 arrow Drop those sentences
In spite of his poverty he is honest. He is poor but honest. Though he is poor, he is honest.
 arrow No more politics!
We liberated this country not for looting by the politicians, and their accomplices, viz.
 arrow Stop honking and blinking!
I would like to thank the Dhaka metropolitan police authorities for banning honking in certain roads in the capital. I must say this is a great initiative by the law enforcers.
 arrow Restructuring PSC
PSC is the abbreviation of Public Service Commission (PSC) but over the last few years it has stood for 'permanent sources of corruption' (PSC).
 arrow Combat corruption
I appreciate the initiatives taken by the government to combat corruption at all levels of society. I am excited and inspired to hear from the ACC Chairman about his commitment on behalf of his team.
 arrow Anomalies in education
There are several private universities in the country. Many of them are selling degrees for money.
Star Chittagongarrow CDA, CCC at loggerheads as hill cutting goes on
The Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) and the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) that are supposed to take care of development of the port city and well-being of its inhabitants have developed anunusual
 arrow Ctg trade fair overflows with visitors
The Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) - 2007 gains momentum with a good number of visitors thronging the fair at Railway Polo Ground in the port city everyday.
Star Cityarrow 600-year old mosque being demolished
A 600-year old structure at Binat Bibi Jam-e-Masjid at Narinda, which is one of the oldest buildings of Dhaka according to historians and experts, is being demolished for an extension work of the mosque.
 arrow DCC's dillydally over potential death trap
While DCC bureaucrats keep busy shuffling and reshuffling files of 'extremely unsafe' Rayer Bazar kitchen market building, thousands of people continue trading and shopping inside the hazardous building
 arrow Police uniforms sans uniformity
Uniformity and quality of police uniforms are not being maintained giving a rise to confusion among the citizens of the country while discomfort and dissatisfaction within the force.
 arrow DCC taken off guard by rickshaw pullers
Thousands of rickshaw pullers who are queuing in for the driving licenses have taken an unprepared DCC by surprise. DCC is unable to cope with the demand and the police beat up the rickshaw pullers.
 arrow Street vendors appeal for rehabilitation
Fate of thousands of street vendors in the capital remain uncertain after they were barred to continue their only means of making a living on their preferred street spots as the rehabilitation schemes
 
   
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